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Joiner Wins Compensation after Allergic Reaction to Wood

A joiner has been awarded compensation after suffering a serious allergic reaction to a certain kind of hardwood dust.

Brian Ogden made the claim against his brother’s company, Classic Joinery Manufacturers, who he had been working for from 1984. He first noticed problems with the dust of Iroko hardwood timber over 20 years ago.

Inhalation of the Iroko dust caused Mr Ogden breathing difficulties and irritation to his throat and nose.

When the company undertook a large project using Iroko wood back in 2008, Mr Ogden told management of his allergy to the dust. He was provided with an air-filter mask but within days he became seriously ill.

He was taken to hospital with breathing problems and swelling to his face and eyes. He returned to work and was given a more expensive mask. He had problems again however when the battery on the new mask was not replaced.

The Manchester Evening News reports that he has now received compensation from the insurers of the company. The company went into liquidation in 2009 and Mr Ogden now reportedly works as a building skills teacher.

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